Accessories

Going Solo

I just unpacked from my weekend trip oversees, and I am proud to say that I brought nothing but a few slips of lingerie, shorts, a blazera pair of jeans, and my daughter. Before I departed, I vowed to take nothing but what I could fit in my carry-on bag, and when I arrived, I still found that there was no reason to pack anything other than white sneakers and a pair of heels. As far as accoutrements go, I only packed one earring and one necklace to lighten my load.

A single oversized earring? Yes, and the best part was when I had a conversation with somebody, they immediately stared at my ear and asked if I was missing something.

“Yes, I have one earring on and no, I replied, I’m just going solo tonight.”

The statement earring is back, yet again, but this time not in pairs. So if you have a tendency to lose one, you’re in luck! The Fall 2014 runways at Louis Vuitton and Céline embraced the art of only wearing one, a singular, emulating true French je ne sais quoi. These editorial darlings below seen on CR Fashion Book confirmed my desire to try the trend. I’m not convinced it is just a trend, but the good news is, you can always clip one on the other lobe, once you tire of the look. Natch.

leather jacket and earring Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

Leather jacket and earring Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

single earring New York Fashion Hunter

single earring New York Fashion Hunter

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Statement Sunglasses

Summer is nearly upon us, rain, rain go away!, if the upcoming Father’s Day weekend is nothing else a time to celebrate your dad, but also a marker of many mid-June festivities on the imminent horizon. Did you know on average, men buy new underwear once every seven years? I have trouble every year figuring out what to get Dad, I’m not about to go here, so this year I am getting him a pair of these sunglasses and a Nutribullet. Go Dad. Make us proud.

The sun will be shining this weekend, guaranteed by the one and only Weather Channel, wear sunscreen, and unless you are a FBI agent, there’s really no excuse to be sporting a pair of boring sunglasses. I prefer shades that make my peepers pop and give my overall ensemble an effortlessly cool-and-quirky vibe. Those basic styles devoid of novelty, color, or daring shape? No, thank you.

So, here I rounded up some statement-making sunnies that are far from blah. Go for a pop of color, all-white bling, aviators, or vivid, mirrored lenses. And the best part? They are all under $100.00!

Set your sights on these bold specs, and prepare to have all eyes on you.

sunglasses for summer

sunglasses for summer

From left to right: Asos sunnies // Kamali Kulture get a similar pair from The Row

Asos kitten sunglasses // Marc by Marc Jacobs Cat Eye

River Island white round sunglasses // Minkpink Candy Land Cat-Eye sunglasses

Mango aviators // Vince Camuto oversized oval sunnies

Check out these sunglasses from Chilli Beans . They are what dreams are made of. Boom. Happy Friday!

Chilli Beans OCCL14320401_2_L

 

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Pearls of Wisdom

In a desperate plea for April showers to bring May flowers, after today’s monsoon, tis’ the season to start playing dress up. May Day is tomorrow!, and along with blooming flowers comes itchy eyes and throats, and a host of springtime festivities. As the fashion kingdom prepares for the annual Met Gala, fashion’s answer to Prom, it’s promise is to attract a lineup of commanding evening dresses on May 5th, which got me thinking. You need to have serious stamina to pull off an oversize frock. Also consider that with May comes Mother’s Day, Graduation ceremonies, weddings, and other merrymaking activities followed soon after by the fast and furious preparations for June i.e: the annual shipping of your children, and their prospective trunks, off to camp.

I’m tired already just thinking about it.

Considering all these events and commitments that are infiltrating your calendar, my suggestion would be to do a cardio workout a few days a week to get your body in tip-top physical form, and stick to your guns when it comes to personal style. If all your fashion options fail, and you can’t pull off the heavy weight gowns, why not try some pearls.

No longer just your grandmother’s gem of choice, pearls are losing their stuffy, old-school reputation and holding their own as the bauble for the cool-girl set this spring. Reimagined in two-tone detailing and larger-than-life shapes, these next-wave jewels are equal parts sophisticated and modern — ready to make their way into your daily accessories rotation. Whether you’re a self-confessed lover of saltwater cultured pearls or a fan of freshwater cultured pearls, elegant pearl jewelry is timeless. If you are in the market for the most fabulous pearls, check out the selection at soon to be live Mesenso who has an elegant selection.

For your shopping desires, I have culled these gorgeous iterations, from evil-eye earrings to multi-stacked rings, all begging for a primo spot in your jewelry box this season. But, don’t fret if your budget’s not suited for the real deal, because there’s a mix of thrifty costume pieces and splurge-y designer items ahead. Grandma’s gonna be so jealous.

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Because It Swings, That’s Why

black fringe bag

Zara clutch, get a similar one here and here // opening ceremony top found here and here // gabriella artigas bracelet 

Photography: Lydia Hudgens

I’ll never forget my first fringe purchase back in the 1970′s. I bought a black suede fringe jacket in a flea market in Florence, and thought it was the coolest purchase ever. I wore it so much that the jacket literally fell apart at the seams. I was part of an era, but was happy to let it go.

This season, fringe has emerged as an intriguing trend and I like the way it moves. I bought this clutch in black fringe, a contrast to spring’s garden party of florals, because it assumes a dramatic flair.  It also adds volume when I strut, and an added sexy vibe to my boxy clutches.

Fringe has a cool look, but I caution you against overkill. If you’re going to wear fringe, pair it something simple. In other words, you don’t want to replicate the image of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, dressed in a silver onesie with loopy tassels hanging down to his shins. Or look like Coachella lives on forever.

As a trend, fringe shows no signs of fading away. Will you buy in?

 

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Eco-Friendly Sandals

In honor of Earth Day, I am dedicating today to celebrating our planet. In the name of high fashion, there have been some inroads in making a difference by trying to save Mother Earth, rather than destroying it.

I picked out my favorite eco-friendly faux leather sandals from Stella McCartney, and there are plenty of others out there that make sustainable clothing, see Antik Batik, Daniel Silverstein, Soludos, etc.

Stella McCartney sandals

Here are some more eco-friendly options for you…how will you celebrate Earth Day?

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A Love Affair

Not to exaggerate, but I think I may have finally found my soul mate. Well, at least an accessories soul mate.

This weekend, the first stellar sunny one of spring’s nature, I took out my littlest spring accessories which instantly lightened my load. My favorite backpacks from this fall will shrink into an adorable itty-bitty thing for spring, just large enough to hold only the uttermost essentials. Thanks to these new handle tops and detachable cross-body straps (most of them come equipped with the hands-free option), they’re much easier to carry than a clutch. Check out one of my new favorite crushes, especially this all-white beauty below from Laura Vela.

Laura Vela

fay color block bomber jacket// revolve clothing tank top // essie spring polish

photo: Lydia Hudgens

It’s so easy to grab a slick one for a night out or opt for one washed in a pretty pastel shade for the day. Now is the time to trade in your oversize, extra-roomy Mary Poppins bag for one of these mini-me versions.

Here’s my top picks for the week:

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On My Radar

Now that the heavy winds have blown over, I am clearly ready for Spring. Today I am sharing with you a few of my spring wardrobe wants and desires in the fashion department. Baby blue and a hint of yellow are a welcome addition to a softer pallete as the cold winter finally draw to a close.  I can’t wait for the forsythia to start blooming — one of the first true signs of Spring.

Spring wardrobe

Starting with the T by Alexander Wang shirt, paired with these Karen Millen patchwork denim dip-dye jeans and this polished silver bold All Saints  necklace. As for those accessories, these Stella McCartney cat-eye sunglasses are on my hit list and the NARS baby blue pencil from Selfridge’s and NARS nail polish are in my cart as I type this. This Edie Parker acrylic box clutch is a must-have for the season and if you really need a reason to smile, Del Toro can help you out by just looking down. :) And why not smell nice while you’re at it? Versace, Versace. BOOM.

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Pastel Hues

Shoes are my biggest weakness. Yesterday, when getting dressed in my 10 minutes or less rule, I scurried to find a soft pastel hued shoe in my closet. I weeded through the cobwebs, but no luck. I once bought a pair of pink oxfords, wore them only once on Easter Sunday which I don’t celebrate, I gave them away. Herein lies the problem. I have not quite embraced the concept of Spring yet and the possibility that my toes will once shine and flex once again, in pedicure fashion, relived and able to breathe yet again.

And in the same vein, nothing gets my fingers a’flexing like a “New Arrivals” shoe section popping up in my inbox. This season is all about incorporating soft, pastel hues into your ensemble whenever possible. An easy (and chic) way to do so is to step into a blush, mint or lavender-hued sandal during your next outing.

I started my journey at Net-A-Porter where I found these Miu Miu pink babes, and put these Robert Clergerie colorblocked sandals in my shopping cart. Full  price, you bet, but they will last ALL season long.

Next up was The Outnet where I found all my favorite designers all under one roof at major discounts (see: Charlotte Olympia, Alaïa, Alexander Wang where sandals and ballet flats, and these embellished woven sandals are the queen bees of your closet at such low prices that it will shock you. At press time, these were available in a variety of sizes so I would suggest running there while you can.

After that, it was Barneys Warehouse whose sale section never disappoints. Case in point: these pink snakeskin sandals are reduced from $465 to $99! These round-toe oxfords are what I will live in all spring long, and if you happen to be a size 6.5, run don’t walk to these Prada T-strap sandals.

On my last stop, I checked out Matches Fashion candy crushes where I fell in love with everything especially these pink Gianvito Rossi mules. I know I have said before that I refuse to wear mules, but these just might change my tune.

With a few things currently in my cart, I won’t feel as bad leaving them be for a while until I decide hard and true what I am going to buy, and what I can leave behind. I have culled some of my candy crushes for your shopping pleasure. Which one is your fav?

pastel shoes

From top, left to right, here we go:

Saint Laurent blue patent pumps // Tabitha Simmons loafers// mint green Aperlai sandals// Ardene yellow flats, get a similar pair here // Miu Miu  Mary Jane platform sandals //Balenciaga studded wedge sandals// Chuck Taylor High Tops // pink Gianvito Rossi mules // River Island light blue peep toes.

Happy Spring!

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Trendy Tevas

I remember back in the 1990’s when I attended overnight camp, Teva Sandals were more popular than Céline Birkenstocks are now. I went to the local store and purchased them, and where the legions of ugly shoes are small but notorious—Teva’s are the predecessor to the Crocs, Vibram Five Fingers, and Uggs, these rubber-soled ones were just a good-intentioned velcro sandal. I wore them for several months even into the school year, and although they were ugly as sin, there was nothing besides bare feet, that were more insanely comfortable. It wasn’t until all of that pond scum caused their porous rubber and flimsy Velcro to decompose—an annual end-of-summer occurrence that any Nineties child could recall with grotesque distinction — that I had to throw them out.

But that was then, and now fast forward to Spring 2014, Prada, Rag & Bone, and Tibi are throwing in the towel and chiming in.  Fancied by recreational hikers and dads on holiday, Teva has been relegated to the very end of the “practical versus pretty” spectrum. Until now, that is. Lower, flatter shoes make a comeback in recent years, with outdoors-y details and utilitarian styles looking nearly—dare we say—cute in recent seasons. Heck, even Chloë Sevigny has taken to Birkenstocks. For quite some time now, the fashion industry has been on a trickle down theory. Think last season’s Birkenstock craze. Fast fashion is grabbing what they can from top designers and “interpreting” it for the mass market. Of course, one walk through Zara and H&M and it is still happening. Think #Normcore.

But what’s new in this landscape is this role reversal that top-tier designers are playing on the copycats. More and more, they are borrowing silhouettes and concepts from the streets and reinterpreting them for the luxury market. Let’s call it a trickle up theory. BirkenstocksVans, Tom’s, Chinatown bags a la Céline, garbage bags from Lanvin, and plastic pearl headphones around your neck are all chanting “Started from the bottom now we’re here.” Here being at Celine, Givenchy, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Marni and Chanel.  Here is Prada’s version of the Tevas. Whoh..whoa…whoa…

Prada spring 2014

Prada spring 2014

Rag & Bone elevated rope-strap sandals onto a thick, black platform. Hilfiger took his Tevas to the beach, fabricating Velcro-strap shoes in an array of sherbet colors. And Marc Jacobs, true to form, took a distinctively downtown approach to Teva’s reinvention: pairing black-satin strap sandals with a 1890′s take on dark fashion. Here is Marc Jacobs’s vision.

Marc Jacobs

There is no doubt that Tevas still have entered into the proverbial limelight. The ultimate purveyor of vomiting quick-trends, Urban Outfitters is selling these for $40, and they are flying out like hot cakes. 

And for my oh-so-amazing styling challenge series, I fashioned six pair that put the Teva to the test.

Teva Sandals

From left down the column 1. 2. 3: Marc Jacobs // Teva // Prada // Marni // Balenciaga // Rachel Zoe sandals

You tell me, would you try these on for size? Happy hiking!

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The Heart’s Desire

Where would we be without love? Seriously.

Hallmark cards don’t really cut it, nor do those conversation hearts containing the message “Be Mine” that taste like chalk. Wy not celebrate for the love of love, Valentine’s Day by telling your loved one, whether that be your boyfriend, girlfriend, brother or sister that you really do care. A small thank you, a warm touch, a nice smile, even a new cavity. Those are the things that count.

A Valentine’s Day celebration can be as simple as those heart-shaped chocolates or as dramatic as a proposal for marriage. It is the day to celebrate love. For whatever date-night festivities you have planned, what you wear on Valentine’s Day should make you feel your very best. Flirty and girly? Masculine urban edgy? A little cleavage doesn’t hurt and neither does a red lip, for that matter. What do I want for Valentine’s Day? I’ll give you a little hint, its not lingerie.

Valentines Day gift guide

Stella McCartney embellished sweatshirt and a pair of MiH boyfriend jeans that make my heart flutter. Miu Miu glitter coated pumps are so awesome because although I hate pink, glitter shoes are everything. Rings that tell the story? Love finger ring by Lanvinand the Jennifer Fisher signature pieces pull my heartstrings. A bag that says it all that is really for keep. Nail polish and lingerie in black and a box of chocolates? Mas oui!

It seems that mother nature is commanding that we stay home and crack open a bottle of champagne and enjoy the full-fledged snowstorm in style. A little salt to the wound? Nah. But even in that snowstorm, don’t forget about that bottle of wine or that teddy bear. I recall that SNL spoof when they buy that dumb little thing from CVS? You don’t want to be that person.

 

Happy Valentines Day ! xoxo

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